Star Empire revealed on May 23 that idol group ZE:A will be making their first comeback in 10 months with their mini album “First Homme.” Along with the announcement, the group’s jacket photos for the album were released, as well, the members suited up in dark blues and blacks.
Star Empire said, “The members have matured a lot with this new album, personally participating in writing and composition. Different from the standard idol music, which carries heavy beats, the new album has a high level of musicality and quality. It will be an album that exceeds expectations.”
“First Homme” will be released on June 2, after which the group will officially start broadcast promotions.
Even idols are participating in the Infinity Challenge election.
On May 22 from 6AM to 6PM (KST), MBC held the MBC Infinity Challenge election at the MBC headquarters in Yeouido as well as the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Online polls opened through the official page as well.
In the midst of everything, it became known that the idol groups that support Jung Hyung Don have also cast their votes.
A Cube Entertainment′s staff member told Newsen, "The A Pink members participated in the voting online."
TS Entertainment also revealed that the Secret members voted.
Unable to go to the actual election site due to schedule, it seems that most idols sent in their votes online.
During his election campaign, Jung Hyung Don received the support of many idol groups, grabbing much attention
Singer Kim Tae Woo made a joke regarding the infamous whisper at the beginning of many JYP songs.
On May 15, the sixth episode of Mnet’s “Dirty Talk” was aired where they reviewed the lifespan of the next generation idols that has been created by major entertainment agencies. The groups they reviewed were idols that would keep the agency going for the next 10 years. SM’s EXO, YG’s Winner and JYP’s GOT7 were picked as the idols and they reviewed each of the group deeply.
During the recent recording, Duble Sidekick commented by saying, “YG gives each of their artists’ freedom based on their own knowledge and they center on their artists
2PM Jun.K"s solo album "Love & Hate" has landed at the top of Oricon"s Daily Album Chart and Tower Records Daily Album Chart!
SEE ALSO: Jun.K releases full PV for solo Japanese track "Love & Hate"
The excited idol made sure to give his thanks on Twitter. He posted on May 14, "My first solo album made #1 on the Oricon Chart. I really thank my fans for giving so much love to the album that I worked so hard to make. And the staff who worked hard beside me. And my members as well, thank you so much."
His "Love & Hate" album also topped the Tower Records Daily Album Chart, making #7 and #10 as well.
Jun.K recently wrapped up his solo concert tour in Fukuoka on the 13th. He"ll be moving onto Tokyo on the 16th, Nagoya on the 19th-20th, Sapporo on the 22nd, and Tokyo again on the 27th-28th.
Congratulations to Jun
After announcing the official cancellation of Block B’s “Jackpot” comeback, fans finally have some good news! Block B has confirmed that their Mnet reality program, “Block B’s 5 Minutes Before Chaos,” will return to broadcast.
On May 13, Mnet revealed, “’Block B’s 5 Minutes Before Chaos’ will resume broadcast on May 15 at 7:30 PM (KST).”
The reality show is about the group trying to challenge the things that are considered taboo for idols during a live broadcast. They will show things like checking for any discord among the members through hidden camera tests, as well as going on surprising blind dates in order to challenge the idea of idols being prohibited to date.
Earlier, Block B’s “5 Minutes Before Chaos” premiered on April 10, but was cancelled for four weeks to show their condolences for the victims of the Sewol Ferry tragedy
In less than a couple hours, tickets for Kim Yeon Woo’s 2-day concert, titled “Move,” will be available for purchase. It will take place on June 27 and 28 at Woori Financial Art Hall in Seoul Olympic Park.
Kim Yeon Woo originally planned to hold a 10-day small venue concert, titled “A Stroll in May,” but immediately postponed the concert in respect to the nation’s mourning of the Sewol ferry tragedy. After the tragedy, he decided to change the theme of the concert to “Move.”
Those who already purchased tickets for his original concert in May will be able to claim tickets a couple hours in advance.
Kim Yeon Woo previously dropped a video teaser for track “Antidote” from his upcoming album, which is penned by Yoon Jong Shin
Holding 2014’s Idol Athletic Meet, SBS’ Running Man invited 2PM, 2NE1, and the artists of Mystic89 to participate in the annual sports rally.
The broadcast aired on May 11 as Yoo Jae Suk sat out on the games to serve as the MC for the different programs, which involved a relay race around several blocks with missions such as drinking hot coffee, walking dogs, and sprinting in diving fins.
With each program, the winners were given extra benefits for the final relay race to eliminate team members from the other teams.
Despite an entertaining episode, Running Man placed second on the ratings chart with the return of MBC′s Real Man, which recorded 15.8 percent in ratings.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
KBS Wonderful Days 22
With the election campaign well on its way, the cast of Infinity Challenge is going out into the public to gain votes.
On May 10’s broadcast of MBC’s Infinity Challenge, the election candidates went out to the streets of Seoul, greeting everyone from children to the elderly. The candidates also revealed their campaign ad, drawing much laughter.
As the campaign continues, more and more celebrities are showing their support for their favorite candidates. Jung Hyung Don, had the upper hand as the MC of MBC every1’s Weekly Idol.
He held an election rally with Infinite, BTOB, Secret, A Pink and more in the audience, urging them to show their support in 140 characters or less. Soon after the broadcast, several idols did just as they were told, tweeting out their support
In a recent recording of MBC’s “We Got Married Global Edition,” virtual couple, SHINee’s Key and Japanese model Yagi Arisa, completed a wedding photoshoot.
On that day, Key and Yagi Arisa listened to the requests of the photographer and posed in a variety of ways, proving their abilities as one of Korea’s best idols and one of Japan’s top models.
However, there was still a bit of awkward tension when asked to pose very closely together. Eventually, Yagi Arisa took the lead and held Key’s hand in one of the walking scenes of the photoshoot. It has been said that as soon as she took hold of his hand, a bright smile appeared on Key’s face, causing everyone on the set to laugh.
In an interview with the producers, Yagi Arisa confessed, “It seemed like Key felt sad that I wasn’t more active in our last couple shoot, so I worked up the courage to be more bold today
V.O.S" Choi Hyun Joon showed off his beautiful bride in their romantic wedding pictorial!
SEE ALSO: V.O.S" Choi Hyun Joon to tie the knot next month
Choi Hyun Joon couldn"t take his eyes off his wife-to-be who looked stunning in her wedding dress in the vintage-inspired wedding pictorial. The singer"s model wife also showed off her fabulous figure in her fashion-forward gowns that made it hard to believe that she recently gave birth.
The "Nowwed" director Kim Ji Hye stated, "As much as the couple are getting married after four years of dating, the way they care for each other and are natural with each other bought the jealousy of everyone on set... Not only their outstanding visuals but thanks to their consideration for even the maknae staff member, the atmosphere on set was warm
Successfully having announced its comeback, EXO will be returning to the fans through a reality program.
The EXO members will be showing their candid selves on Mnet’s reality program xoxo EXO, set to air the first episode on May 9 at 10 PM (KST).
xoxo EXO is a reality program showing every step of EXO’s comeback as well as the group′s promotional activities.
On top of showing the members off the stage, xoxo EXO will be showing EXO’s activities abroad in China and Japan as well as its comeback stage, comeback show and stories from behind the scene.
The production team of Mnet stated, “The show will reveal the comeback story and global activities of EXO, as it is not too much to say that EXO will be the busiest idol group in Korea in 2014
Name: 정기성 / Jung Ki Sung (Jung Gi Seong)
Star sign: Scorpio
Blood type: O
Dong Yi (MBC, 2010)
Aeja’s Older Sister, Minja (SBS, 2008)
The King and I (SBS, 2007)
Miracle (MBC, 2006)
What’s Up Fox? (MBC, 2006)
The Age of Heroes (MBC, 2004)
Dae Jang Geum (MBC, 2003)
Women Next Door (MBC, 2003)
Inspector Park Moon Soo (MBC, 2002)
I Love Hyun Jung (MBC, 2002)
Sangdo (MBC, 2001)
Because of You (MBC, 2000)
See and See Again (MBC, 1998)
Public Enemy (2002)
f(x)’s member Victoria recently appeared as a guest on MBC’s live Chinese radio program “Idols’ True Colors” after finishing up filming for her new drama in China. Viewers can see a reunion of some of the members of the famous “China line,” as the radio program is hosted by miss A‘s Fei and Jia, as well as Zhoumi of Super Junior-M.
Victoria was able to show her honest and playful charm on the seventh episode of the radio program as she discussed what she was like 10 years ago and how she has changed since then. She displayed a down-to-earth side of herself that many people have not had a chance to see before.
She talked about how she came to choose Song Seung Hun as her ideal type
If you ever wished you had a handy guide to K-Pop, a textbook for a “K-Pop 101″ if you will, then you’ll want to grab a copy of the new book, “K-Pop Now: The Korean Music Revolution.” Whether you’re new to K-Pop and could use an easy yet thorough guidebook or you’re a K-Pop veteran who needs help explaining to friends and family what K-Pop is and how awesome it is, “K-Pop Now” would be your go-to book.
“K-Pop Now” was written by Mark James Russell, a writer and K-Pop specialist who has written about the subject for Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, among other publications. With his extensive connections and experience in the Korean music scene, Mark Russell is a reliable authority on what was, is, and will become K-Pop.
The book is full of useful information about K-Pop, and it features 34+ artists (males groups, female groups, and solo artists)
I remember when I first heard Big Bang
rapping and his deep voice, I thought, wow, that"s attractive
I guess I"m one of those girls really attracted to low baritones (makes sense, considering who my biggest bias is right now), but T.O.P"s voice really stood out to me. Back when T.O.P came out, he had a sizzling face to go with his voice. More recently, we"ve got more and more idols with 1000-feet-below-earth deep voices - but their faces are adorably cute!
SEE ALSO: More of Hong Ga Hye"s past lies and photos posing alongside B1A4 as a fake reporter come to light
Okay, let"s first start off light
You know it"s Throwback Thursday when you open your Instagram or Twitter and see numerous hashtags of #TBT followed by pictures from the past. You might also see the occasional picture of a friend on a beach with the hashtag #TakeMeBack.
Taking the same concept, we thought it would be fun to bring back some of the fondest throwback memories of your favorite Kpop artists and see how far they"ve come ...... and some not-so fondest... you"ll see what I mean...
SEE ALSO: JYP Entertainment unveils a mysterious image, possibly for 2PM"s comeback?
1) Big Bang - Lies
Tony Soprano used to say "Remember When..." was the lowest form of conversation but I disagree
Fans of Hallyu actors Jang Geun Suk and Lee Jun Ki are offering their hand towards the Sewol Ferry rescue efforts.
On April 18, a rep from Jang Geun Suk’s official fan club stated, “We posted the details of a wire transfer we made to the Nonghyup Hanaro Mart located near the Sewol Ferry accident site on our official fan café. The mart is delivering things needed by the family members who are waiting at the Jindo Gymnasium.” The total amount was over 5 million won (approx. $4,800).
Lee Jun Ki’s fan café is also accepting donations. Posted on the fan café was, “If we gather our sincere hearts, we believe a miracle can happen. We are accepting donations.” It has been also reported Lee Jun Ki cancelled his fan meeting and birthday celebration with fans which was originally scheduled to take place on April 19 at the Seoul Olympic Park Woori Financial Art Hall
Soompi covers BoA’s highly anticipated “Make Your Move” featuring “Dancing with the Stars” dancer Derek Hough!
Certainly without a dull moment, “Make Your Move” kicks off high energy, never once missing a chance to showcase its overwhelmingly talented stars. With a starkly different image than that of her old school idol persona, BoA plays an independent, adventurous, and effortlessly sexy Aya, a Zainichi Korean woman set on following her dreams with her fusion hip-hop Taiko group COBU. It is when Donny, played by Derek Hough, shows up and takes her head on in a club tap dancing battle that her world is pulled asunder. “Make Your Move” is a modern-day Romeo & Juliet (but much happier and definitely not sleep-inducing), jam packed with familial drama, intricate dance sequences, and a soundtrack appealing to all audiences
Korea is completely inundated with singers from the pretty idols and talented dancers to the indie artists and OST stars. However, amongthe Korean artists I know, the names that immediately flood my head when I hearthe phrase "unique voice" form a much shorter list. Much like the "it factor", it"s a bit hard to quantify but when you hear it, you just know that there"s something special there.
Keepin mind that this list is solely based on my opinion and the artists are who I deem to have unique voices. Also, I"mlimited to the scope of artists that I"ve been exposed to so I apologize in advance for notincluding your favorite artist!
Kim Yoon Ah
Let"sstart with Kim Yoon Ah. If you don"t know already, Kim Yoon Ah is the leadsinger of alternative rock band Jaurim
With exhausted family members still praying for a miracle in the sunken ferry accident, fanclubs of various idol groups have decided to help in any way they can.
It’s said on April 18 that fanclubs of various groups, including EXO, Super Junior, Shinhwa, B.A.P, VIXX, Infinite, Got7, BTS, SHINee, and more, are gathering money to send needed supplies to the parents waiting in the Jindo Indoor Stadium.
One EXO fan tweeted, “I heard that the people in Jindo are in need of supplies, so in Kris’ name, I am sending a little. Although the amount is little, I hope that it will be of help. 2000 paper cups, 250 mouth wash, 900 bags of tea, 120 hot packs, 150 masks.”
Another B.A.P fan tweeted, “Please come back like a miracle. With One Shot One Kill (Fanclub name), we are sending supplies in B